U Bein Brigdge in the morning mist. The teakwood bridge spans 1.2 km across the shallow Taungthaman Lake some 10 km south of Mandalay. It was built by U Bein in the mid-19th century when the capital of Innwa (Ava) Kingdom moved to the nearby Amarapura.

Today, even though a few of the 1,000 teakwood posts have been replaced by concretes (above), the bridge remains intact and serves as a main passage indispensable to the daily life of the local people.

Recent tourist boom has added another significance to U Bein bridge, when hundreds of tourists, groups or individuals, become major income sources to the local business.



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Thanlyin was formerly known as Syriam. Myanmar usually pronounce as "Tanyin". It is a city in Yangon Division in Myanmar. It is located on the bank of Yangon River, and is a major port.In the late 1500s, Thanlyin was the base of the Portuguese adventurer, Philip De Brito.
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